Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Graig Newman will miss the entire regular season after suffering a serious ankle injury in a pre-season game over the weekend.
Newman will undergo surgery Monday after dislocating and fracturing his ankle in a 23-20 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night.
"Graig is not only a great football player, but a great person, and our entire organization supports him throughout this process," general manager Kyle Walters said in a release. "We look forward to him beginning rehab and returning to the field as soon as possible."
Newman, a six-foot-one 195-pound native of Langley, B.C., had 18 tackles and one sack last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He also had one punt return for seven yards.
"This is obviously very disappointing as I was really looking forward to being a part of all the new things going on in the Blue Bomber organization," Newman said. "I would like to thank all of my teammates for their unconditional support, including immediately after it happened.
"I would also like to thank the club's medical staff for their efforts and care within the past two days. And lastly, the fans of the Blue Bombers who have sent messages offering their support. This is a great province to play football in, and I look forward to getting back out there as soon as possible."
Also on Monday, the Blue Bombers released running back Errol Brooks, receiver C.J. Tarver and linemen Chris Kowalczuk and Kenny Tate.